This isn't the tackiest record in my collection (I still own a Jesse Malin CD, after all), but it's also not one I'd be taking out if visitors were over, unless they were from 1-800-DUMP-RUNS or something. Still, I raised a flag a week ago saying that I'd be posting the first Buck Pets LP soon, so here it is.
I first got this as an advance cassette back in the 80's, though I don't think the label actually sent it to me; most likely I fished it out of the free bin at Brass City Records, amid all the leftover Keel and Saxon tapes. At that particular time, finding something on a major label that sounded even remotely underground-- in this case, a second-rate Soul Asylum, at a time when copying Soul Asylum wasn't quite the horrible idea that it would be now-- was much more of a novelty, which possibly explains why I really dug this album for about a month or so, to the point of even including some Buck Pets songs on tapes I would make for my punk rock friends who all probably wanted to kill me.
So what do we have here? Well, the front cover is awesome, if you like laughing at stupid things in hindsight; the band looks all properly mussed-up in their pre-grunge Charles Peterson photography, and you can guess that Mr. Louie Lips with the eyebrows thinks he's the cute one in the band. As for the grooves themselves, "A Little Murder" is about the only song now that stands out among the borrowed Soul Asylum moves, mostly because it's borrowed Goo Goo Dolls (were these guys ahead of their time when it comes to stealing, or what?). I guess I should stop acting so harsh, because this is still a pretty good album if all you're interested in is rocking out, and, like the kid in the Condo Fucks video, isn't that basically all we really wanna do anyway-- just rock the fuck out? Yes, I thought so.
I bought one other Buck Pets album after this; don't ask me to remember which one, though, because it had only one good song on it and I think I've been using it to hold up a table leg or something.
The Buck Pets -
"More and More"
"A Little Murder"
(these files are now listen-only)